I've had a busy weekend (and a few days afterwards editing the photos) shooting two Pride parades. It's so much fun shooting these events, because even while it is in fact a protest march, it is a march FOR something, rather than against (which is usually the case). It's about positivity in every sense of the word!
What I also enjoy is that people from all walks of life take part in these parades. From soccer clubs and political parties to fetish clubs and various other "extremes" (I hesitated to use that word...but screw it, it sort of works in this case). The point is everyone is united in the simple idea of acceptance and being able to love whoever it is that you do love.
I must admit that during the second (and biggest) Parade at first I didn't really feel inspired. I've shot the Malmö Pride Parade two times before, so it didn't feel very "new" to me. But I decided to shoot anyway, figuring that doing so would get me going after awhile. True enough, from looking at the photos in Lightroom afterward I must have found some level of inspiration, because there were several keepers among them. Once the actual parade got going I didn't really have time to think about being inspired or not, because then it's just a matter of catching whatever/whoever walks by that you find even remotely interesting. Editing and culling is for much later!
There are no pity points however for the photographer in this case, because even while there were close to 800 images to go through from the two events nobody forced him to press the shutter all those times. That was entirely his own choice!
The images from the two parades are in two galleries here on the site and you can access them by clicking on the menu on the left. Since we're in 2016 now my Pride Parade 2015 gallery has been retired.